[NBA Summer League 2010: John Wall implores JaVale McGee to rebound with his hands;
he won't be having to do that anymore - photo: K. Weidie]
This afternoon the Wizards released their official summer mini-camp roster. In addition to those previously reported (Earl Calloway, LaRon Dendy, Steven Gray, Shavlik Randolph, Mike Scott, Kim Tillie, and Garret Siler), and those presumed to be playing (Shelvin Mack, Chris Singleton, Bradley Beal and Jan Vesely), there are two additional names: Jeff Brooks and Ravern Johnson.
Note: Tomas Satoransky is also listed on the official roster. For more, go to NBA.com/Wizards. The team will hold a mini-camp at the Verizon Center from Monday, July 9 to Thursday, July 12 before heading out to Las Vegas for the summer league.
Summer League Roster updates…
After reporting on a couple Wizards Las Vegas Summer League roster additions the other day — Garret Siler, LaRon Dendy and Steven Gray (news of the latter two released on the web by the Middle Tennessee State athletic communications department and HoopsHype respectively) — Truth About It.net has learned of a couple more possible invitees.
Earl Calloway, Kim Tillie, Mike Scott and Shavlik Randolph (who is probably the biggest “maybe” amongst these names) are your new roster potentials. More on these players below.
To note, summer league rosters can often change rapidly leading up to the first game or even after summer league has commenced, so there’s a chance some of these guys might not make it. The Wizards also expect to include current players Chris Singleton, Shelvin Mack, Jan Vesely, and Bradley Beal on their summer league roster. Second round pick Tomas Satoransky is a possibility, but he’s indicated that he might prefer to train with the Czech national team; Vesely could be in play for the Czech team as well, but has indicated that summer league participation is a priority.
From Atlanta, GA, the 6-foot-3 guard began his college career at New Mexico State, where he played in 28 games as a true freshman averaging 8.5 minutes per contest. He was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules toward the end of his first season at New Mexico State and eventually found himself transferring to a junior college, Georgia Perimeter College, for the 2004-05 season. After one season at GPC, Calloway landed at a top program not known for recruiting JUCO players. Brought to the Indiana by Mike Davis (whose final year as head coach was Calloway’s first with the program), he finished his college career after two seasons as a Hoosier, averaging 27.9 minutes, 13.7 points, 6.2 assists, 4.6 turnovers, and 4.2 rebounds as a senior.
In 2008, Calloway played for the Indiana Pacers at the Las Vegas Summer League, faring well against the likes of Russell Westbrook, before signing up to play for the D-League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He played in 50 games for Mad Ants and averaged 18.9 points, 5.8 assists, and 5.1 turnovers, also being named team MVP. For the 2008-09 season, Calloway went overseas to play for Cibona Zagreb in Croatia and spent the following season there as well.
The past three seasons were spent playing for Sevilla in Spain’s ACB League, where he’s been a teammate of recent Wizards draft pick Tomas Satoransky, as well as former Wizard Paul Davis. In 36 games last season, Calloway averaged 22.7 minutes, 7.6 points (45.2% FGs, 34.9% 3-pointers), 3.1 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.6 turnovers and 1.4 steals per contest.
Note: Calloway, in June 2010, procured dual American-Bulgarian citizenship in order to play with the Bulgarian National Team.
The 6-foot-11 Frenchman spent four seasons at the University of Utah from 2006 to 2010. As a senior, he averaged 18.4 minutes, 7.0 points (50% FGs), 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 28 games.
Tillie has spent the last two seasons playing in the French Pro A League for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne. In 30 French League games last season, he averaged 27 minutes, 16 points (48.9% FGs), 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.3 steals per game; in 12 EuroCup games, he averaged 26.8 minutes, 18.4 points (64.1% FGs), 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.7 steals.
He had hopes to be part of Team France, along with Kevin Seraphin, at this summer’s Olympics, but a report in late June indicated that the 23-year-old (will be 24 on July 15) did not pass his physical, and thus Tillie was replaced by Rudy Gobert. Tillie did take part in France’s gold medal team at the 2006 U-18 European Championship, as well as their bronze medal team at 2007 U-19 FIBA World Championship.
Tillie played for the Golden State Warriors at the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League and impressed with his hustle, leading the Warriors with 7.8 rebounds per game, as well as finishing fourth on the team in scoring with 8.8 points per game over four contests.
[Not UVA Mike Scott and not Dunder Mifflin Mike Scott.]
The thin, 6-foot-7 forward spent four seasons at Kent State from 2004 to 2008 and averaged 13.2 points on 48.5-percent shooting (39.6-percent on 3-pointers, 40-for-101), 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.1 steals over 32.9 minutes per game as a senior. Since leaving Kent State, Scott has played professional basketball in Turkey (Trabzonspor), Hungary (BC Körmend), Germany (BG Göttingen), and spent this most recent season in Serbia (Radnički Kragujevac). Averaging 34.9 minutes over 22 games in the Adriatic League, Scott was second on the team in scoring (17.5 points, 53% FGs, 35.9% 3-pointers), and also averaged 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.5 turnovers per game. In 16 Serbian League games, he averaged 32 minutes, 14.4 points (56.7% FGs, 35.7% 3-pointers), 6.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.5 turnovers.
[background blurb via John Converse Townsend]
You might remember Shavlik Randolph from the Duke teams of the early 2000s. The former No. 6 high school power forward in the nation (as rated by Scout.com) was a McDonald’s All-American, a two-time Parade All-American and a two-time Associated Press North Carolina Player of the Year. At Duke, Randolph won two ACC regular season championships, two ACC tournament championships and made the Final Four. For his efforts — 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in 92 appearances (36 starts) — Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis called Randolph the “biggest recruiting bust” of the decade.
But, the 6-foot-10 Randolph had dreams of playing professional hoops and declared for the NBA draft in 2005. … He went undrafted.
Randolph made the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent in 2005 and saw action in 57 games. He appeared in 13 games with the Sixers the next season and scored a career-high 12 points against the Cavaliers on November 25, 2006. However, Randolph’s dreams were put on hold after breaking his ankle less than a week later. After seeing just nine games with Philadelphia in 2007-08, in September 2008, Randolph signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Portland Trail Blazers for one season. He played in 10 games before being waived. Randolph played some with the Miami Heat the next fall, but was waived that December. His former team, the Blazers, picked up Randolph in December 2009, then waived him in January, then signed him to a 10-contract a shortly thereafter. Late in the 2009-10 season, the Heat again added Randolph to their roster. He was waived, again, in October of 2010.
He has since bounced around the Puerto Rican men’s basketball league, Baloncesto Superior Nacional, and the Chinese Basketball Association.
In 95 NBA games (with seven starts), Randolph averaged 8.2 minutes, 2.4 points (44.7% FGs), 2.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.3 blocks.
Note: A young Shavlik Randolph once scored 77 points to break Boughton High School’s single-game scoring record, previously held by “Pistol Pete” Maravich.
[Trevor Booker dunking past Kim Tillie at the 2010 NBA Summer League - photo: K. Weidie]